“Coo-Coo 043,” a Taiwanese family drama set against the backdrop of the pigeon sport, was named best film at the Golden Horse Film Awards on Saturday. The Hong Kong-made crime thriller “Limbo” won four awards, making it the numerical winner.
“Coo-Coo 043”, which was directed by Chang Chin-lin and garnered 13 nominations, also won the Best New Artist award for Hu Jhih-ciang. The day before, the film also won the FIPRESCI Prize of the Golden Horse Film Festival.
“Limbo”, directed by Soi Cheang, collected 14 nominations. At the awards ceremony in Taipei, it won in the Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Art Direction categories. A day before the ceremony, “Limbo” also received the public award of the Golden Horse festival.
Other titles that won multiple GHFA awards were: “The Sunny Side of the Street” with three wins (Anthony Wong as Best Actor and Lau Kok-roi from Malaysia for both Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay) out of six nominations; “Incantation” with two wins (film editing and sound effects) from 13 nominations; and “Gaga”, with two wins (Lana Mebow as Best Director and Kagaw Piling as Best Supporting Actress) from six nominations.
The Golden Horse Film Awards were established in 1962 and are considered the most prestigious awards for Chinese-language films. However, there was controversy again ahead of this year’s ceremony as mainland Chinese authorities maintain a boycott of the awards and have instead promoted their own Golden Rooster awards, held a week earlier in Xiamen.
To be in line with mainland policy, the Hong Kong Film Producers Association sent a letter to its members urging them to boycott the Golden Horse events as well. Surprisingly, that directive may have been ignored by “Limbo,” “The Narrow Road,” “A Light Never Goes Out,” “Far Far Away,” “The Sunny Side of the Street,” and the documentary “Blue Island.” Anthony Wong is said to have been blacklisted by mainland authorities and has taken some steps that would allow him to move to Taiwan for the long term.
Chinese director Huang Shuli’s short documentary Will You Look at Me was the only work from the mainland to win an award on Saturday. Huang was personally present to receive his award. Earlier this year, the piece won the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
2022 Golden Horse Film Awards
Best Narrative Feature: “Coo-Coo 043” dir.
Best Documentary Film: “And Miles to go Before I Sleep” dir Tsai Tsung-lung.
Best Live Action Short: “Can you hear me?” dir. Li Nien-hsu.
Best Short Documentary: “Will you look at me” dir. Huang Shuli.
Best Animated Short Film: “Compound Eyes of Tropical” dir. Zhang XuZhan.
Best Director: Laha Mebow for “Gaga”.
Best Leading Actor: Anthony Wong for “The Sunny Side of the Street”.
Best Leading Actress: Sylvia Chang for “A Light Never Goes Out”.
Best Supporting Actor: Berant Zhu for “Bad Education”.
Best Supporting Actress: Kagaw piles on for “Gaga”.
Best New Director: Lau Kok-rui for ‘The sunny side of the street’.
Best New Artist: Hu Jhih-ciang for “Coo-Coo 043”.
Best Original Screenplay: Lau Kok-rui for ‘The sunny side of the street’.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Au Kin-yee, Shum Kwan-sin for “Limbo”.
Best Cinematography: Cheng Siu-keung for “Limbo”.
Best Visual Effects: Garrett Lam, Ho Man-lok, Diu King-wai for “Limbo”.
Best Art Direction: Mak Kwok-keung, Renee Wong for “Limbo”.
Best Makeup and Costume Design: Ken Fan, Chen You-feng for “Demigod: The Legend Begins”.
Best Action Choreography: Sheu Fang-yi for “Greetings”.
Best Original Score: Wong Hin-yang for “The Narrow Way”.
Best Original Song: Lyrics, composer, performer Eric Chou for “My Best Friend’s Breakfast” in “What’s On Your Mind”
Best Film Editing: Kevin Ko for “Incantation”
Best Sound Effects: RT Kao, Rockid Lee, Richard Hocks, Nusorn Thongkhum for “Incantation”.
Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year: Chen Ming-ze.
Lifetime Achievement Award(s): Lai Cheng-ying, Chang Chao-tang.